Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Mar 29, 2016

Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Japan’s brand new Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite has apparently lost control and is spinning wildly in orbit, according to a video taken by an amateur U.S. astronomer that was posted to the National Geographic website Monday. The video shows an object that looks like ...

Feb 29, 2016

Low thrust alarm forces last-second SpaceX launch halt

In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week. A fuel problem forced the sudden delay, following a postponement — known as ...

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Feb 18, 2016

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Japan’s space agency has named an X-ray astronomy satellite that was successfully launched into space Wednesday the Hitomi (Eye), with scientists hoping the new equipment will help their quest to observe distant black holes and galaxies. The satellite, also called the Astro-H, was put ...

Feb 15, 2016

Launch of Japanese X-ray satellite rescheduled for Wednesday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said they will reattempt the launch of an H-IIA rocket carrying the X-ray astronomy satellite ASTRO-H on Wednesday afternoon. A planned launch last Friday was scrubbed when bad weather was forecast. The H-IIA Launch ...

JAXA eyes electric thruster technology as satellite market heats up

Oct 25, 2015

JAXA eyes electric thruster technology as satellite market heats up

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is studying the feasibility of using electric propulsion in artificial satellites beginning in fiscal 2021 to save fuel and improve performance. “We aim to make dramatic technological advances as satellites are important for Japan,” a JAXA official said. ...